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Pa00e 2 Jarod Olson takes it on the chin, full force, in tricycle jousting after the Homecoming game. The "Fifth Quarter" event was sponsored by the Kimball Area Ministerial Association, Kimball Fire &amp; Res- cue, and the State Bank of Kimball Staff photos by Marguerite Laabs. Opinion Sale of tax-forfeited property Oct. 6 An auction will be held to sell properties that were forfeited to Stearns County for non-payment of property taxes. Twenty properties will be available at auction to be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the Stearns County Service Cen- ter, located in Waite Park at 3301 County Road 138, about one block west of Mills Fleet Farm off 28th Avenue South. Of those 20 properties, one of the premier pieces of land is near Kimball, in Maine Prairie Town- ship, at 8352-150th Street. It is a 20-acre wooded lot with two ponds that backs up to a wild- life area. It is a vacant, cleaned-up piece of property. A public view- ing of this land is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30. Inter- ested buyers will be able to walk the site. Signs will be posted directing people to the location. Another 10 lots up for sale are in Tuscany Village, near the West- wood School area. These lots are in a common interest community. The remaining properties up for auction on Oct. 6, are scattered throughout Stearns County. To see all the properties to be sold, go to the Stearns Countyweb- site at <>. Detailed information, along with maps and the minimum bid required to purchase each piece of property can be found on the website. All sales require 20 percent downpayment. Go to the website to see more details on the sale con- ditions. Any questions can be directed to the Stearns County Auditor's Office at (320) 656-3915. Liner to tze Edttor Schools change, shape lives wrestling program taught me per- severance and dedication. Speech gave me a voice. And the teachers of Kimball showed me I am capable of doing so many great things. I can- not imagine the person I would be today if it weren't for these opportu- nities, and I feel it would be unjust to deprive any child a similar expe- rience. Whether you have, had, or will have children in the public school system - or even if you don't - remember that education is the most important investment we can make. Educational opportunities were available to you as a child, we must ensure that remains true for future generations. We all face diffi- cult times in our lives, but approval of this levy not only provides better opportunities for our children now, but ensures that our futures will be easier too. And to the students and youth who might read this: speak out, get involved, and do something. What matters to you at school? What do you care about? Encourage your parents and family members to support the levy, because other- wise those activities and classes might not be there for you when you return to school next year. I urge you to vote YES YES on Nov. 2 for the Kimball Public Schools Levy- the youth of Kimball depend on it. Christopher Sheehan Agricultural Science Instructor, Red Wing, Minn. Kimball Class of 2005 It's hard to believe that when I was in seventh grade I earned a whopping 40 detentions in one school year. Causing trouble was not only something I was known for, but was also the only thing I thought I was good at. It is even more amazing to think that six years later I represented Kimball as one of six Minnesota FFA State Offi- cers, and that now I am a teacher in Red Wing, Minn. I owe a great deal of that personal growth to Kimball Area High School. Kimball faces difficult deci- sions. In just over a month, the local school district is asking vot- ers to approve a levy to support the education of our youth. Financial support from both State and Fed- eral government hs decreased so significantly that schools have cut and decreased nearly to the point of closing. These budget cuts have impacts: Class sizes dramatically increase - providing less individ- ual instruction and assistance to each student. Extra-curriculars like football, wrestling, basketball and school clubs and activities are reduced or eliminated. Even non- core subjects like music, drama and career-based courses like shop and agriculture are done away with. The truth is, if voters in Kimball do not support this levy and vote "Yes, Yes," then there simply won't be much left of Kimball Area High School at all. KAHS made me into the person I am today. The FFA chapter gave me confidence and leadership. The www.tricou ntynews. M N Jill Pertler "Slices of Life" Campus life can be intimidating I visited my daughter at college today. That's the good news. Now for the bad: Never before have I felt so blatantly middle-aged. I suppose my attire didn't help. I was dressed like a mom. You know, jeans, sneakers, long- sleeved T-shirt and (get ready to cringe) fleece vest. The fact that my T-shirt didn't have the right word on the front and my jeans didn't have the correct squiggle stitching on the back pockets only added insult to injury. All around me, people who haven't lived more than two decades apiece gazed into laptops or listened to silent music via ear buds. They toted backpacks; I car- ried a purse - remarkably devoid of hip logos or trendy lettering - that was probably older than most of the students. My ears, regretta- bly, were budless. I stood out like a beacon. I've felt out of place before, but can't remember ever being a mem- ber of such an obvious minority. I've never thought of my age as set- ting me apart from the crowd, but being surrounded by a throng of teenagers wearing flip flops, ear buds and back packs has a way of making you feel older than you did an hour ago. If you are ever called upon to visit a college and do not wish to repeat my mistake (and are over the age of 24), I'd advise dressing like a professor. Professor attire differs depending on which field of study you profess to profess. In general, black is a good color choice - preferred by three out of four professors - and seems to be quite academic. Professors don't carry back- packs or sport ear buds (just sport coats). They also do not wear fleece vests, so leave yours at home. I will next time. You can add to your scholarly appearance if you carry a couple of books, prefera- bly hard cover, preferably not dic- tionaries from the 1980s (they just don't hold the universal university appeal). Besides, you don't need to be a professor to have a dictionary. Thursday, September 30, 2010 Tri-Coun News * Kimball, MN lllI[ ,. : rl Oust  ! A SUPER wP., / I CAN S00AS, ) I own at least five. (Okay, I'm a bad speller, but that's another article.) I was summoned to the college because I was in possession of two items necessary for campus sur- vival: a laptop and credit card (my daughter already has ear buds). I was also allowed to buy lunch. We moms boast never-ending appeal and power when it comes to on-campus presence. The plastic card, which I held in my elderly purse, was needed in the bookstore to purchase ... well ... books. My daughter added a class to her schedule at the last minute and we needed to find out about the text (and credit card) requirements. We located the book. (Ka chingD I bought lunch. (Ka chingD I handed over my laptop. (Fare- well dear friend. Have fun on Face- book.) I said my goodbyes (and even got a hug) before I zigzagged my way through the teen crowd toward my snazzy red ,convert- ible (which doubles in real life as a white mini van) and drove back into my comfort zone. Most days, I understand exactly who I am and where I'm at in life; most days I embrace my status. That's because most days I frequent the gas station or grocery store and find myself surrounded by other seasoned adults. A college campus reverberates youth in a more youthful manner than I am accustomed. It is filled with kids (okay, 19-year-old adults with ear buds) who are ready to make their way into the big, bright, laptop-filled world. They are on the cusp - whether they realize it or not. All too soon, they will not only be a part of the adult world, they will exert immense influ- ence over it. As awesome as that is, it's more intimidating than any college campus ever could be. Follow Slices of Life on Face- book. Jill Pertler is a syndicated columnist and author of "The Do- It-Yourselfer's Guide to Self-Syn- dication." She offers writing and design services at <http://market>. E-marl: <>. DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Mondays POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353. The Tri-County News (USPS 639- 180) is entered at the Post Office, Kimball Minnesota 55353, as Periodi- cals. It is published Thursdays by the Tri-County News, Inc., RO. Box 220, KimbaU  55353, Stearns County. LOCATION: Our office is at 70 Main Street South in downtown Kimball. Weekday office hours are Monday 9 a. m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday through Fri- day 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Our telephone and fax number is (320) 398-5(X)0. E-mail can be addressed to <news@trcounty news.kiN>. Our Web site is <ww. tricountynews.NtN>. We aLso have a drop site at Ertl Hardware Hank in downtown Watldns. DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Monday. RATES: Subscription rates are $30/year (520 for age 62 and old- er) in Minnesota; $40/year (530 for seniors) elsewhere in the U.S. Single copy price is 75 cents. STAFF: Jean Doran Matua, Editor and Publisher Sue Hughes: Creative Designer Maxine Doran: Admin. 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